Our Fireplaces use the latest in European technology to create a clean and highly effective heat for your home. By using techniques such as natural convection and efficient burning we are able to draw large amounts of heat from small amounts of wood while maintaining a far reaching heat distribution throughout the house.
One of the main reasons that our fireplaces uses such small levels of wood is that they are burning much larger amounts of fuel inside the wood. Normally the large amounts of smoke that are leaving the flue of the heater are a majority of the actual flammable fuel inside the wood. This is often a huge waste of wood and energy.
To combat the loss of fuel through the flue the internal firebox of our heaters is lined with Vermiculite, which is used to reflect the heat of the fire back into itself bringing the hot box to much higher temperatures. At these temperatures the gas released by the wood will burn inside the hotbox.
Paired with methods such as secondary burning, in which we use a vermiculite baffle plate and a second steel baffle plate to trap and ignite any non combustible gases, the heater can create vast amounts of heat out of very small amounts of wood.
Convection is one of the main reasons that a Euro Fireplaces heater can heat such large areas with a comparatively low Kw output. Convection is the process of creating a cycle of air throughout the house to allow heat to travel much further without the requirement of an electric fan. The air inside the convection chamber of the heater is forced to rise as it is heated, this in turn creates a vacuum inside the chamber which will pull cold air inside. This movement of air will then spread throughout the available space faster and more effectively then a standard fan forced heater without the concern of electrical components and moving parts. This process does require the house to be completely sealed from the outside, otherwise it will force cold air to be pulled into the house from outside.
The movement of convection air does not actually require a fire, just heat. This means the if there is enough thermal mass storing heat inside the heater, it can distribute heat for a long period of time after the fire has completely gone out. Heatbank on a fireplace will also aid the fire in reaching higher temperatures allowing for more efficient burning inside the hotbox which will burning more fuel inside the wood.
A large amount of our heaters come with a heatbanking material such as ceramic tile, natural stone or refractory concrete. As well as what is already installed as part of the unit, we can also install addition concrete into the convection chamber of the heater of many of our main units, greatly extending the operation time.
Australian law requires that a triple skin flue for roof penetration must be used to allow the flue to cool down enough inside the roof cavity. As well as this the majority of our heaters will need to reach a minimum of 4m in height and clear the complete height of the house to allow for proper air draw from the heater.
Euro Fireplaces heaters are tested to allow for a glass hearth to be installed. The glass hearth can be placed onto wood floors or carpets and will protect those surfaces from the heater being generated by the fireplace. A glass hearth is made from 8mm toughened glass and can withstand heat and shock cause by wood and tool falling onto it. Euro Fireplaces glass hearths are cut to fit the clearances of any of our heaters and come in 2 sizes:
1100 diameter circle
1000x1200 ‘D’ Shape
Please note that a glass hearth cannot be used for any heaters other then euro heaters due to the way the fireplace redirects heat.
It is imperative that our fireplaces are used correctly. This involves maintaining proper air intake, using the correct amount of wood, using high quality wood and ensuring the ash tray is emptied when possible.
When starting the fire you will need to use a decent amount of softwood kindling to build a large bed of hot coals. Only one firelighter is required. DO NOT burn paper or other materials in the heater as it blocks the flue and can require more frequent cleaning. Only One firelighter is usually required. Set the air intake to 100%, bringing air from the top and bottom of the hotbox. This will allow the soft wood to burn quickly and reach a high enough temperature to ignite denser wood. Once the wood has burned down (approx. 40min) shut the air to 50% only allowing air to come from the top of the heater. At this point add 1-2 small logs of hard wood (roughly 2kg depending on the model), The fire will burn the wood to hot coals and increase in temperature drastically over the next 2-3. Only reload the fireplace one all visible flames have finished. The aim is to create a large bed of hot coals instead of focusing on the flame itself as the coals will reach much higher temperatures. To shut down add one extra log and close the air to 10% to allow for a long overnight burn. If the heater has large amounts of Heatbank then even once it has burnt out the heater will still supply hot air to the house for the remainder of the night, making it much easier to start and bring the house to a high temperature again.
For images and step by step instructions please refer to our burning guide.
Designer InBuilt Fireplaces are large, high power fireplaces that are required to be built into a convection hotbox, often made from Skamol (Calcium Silicate) or Akumol bricks. These Fireplaces can heat huge spaces and run at very low emissions and at maximum efficiency. However they do require very specific construction to allow the heater to work effectively. Once the hotbox is constructed though the unit can take on any appearance and be covered in a large range of materials for maximum customization.
For detailed information in regards to our Designer InBuilt Fireplaces please refer to our ‘Inbuilt Installation Guide’.